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Photo by Juli Harland Brittany McCarthy prepares to take to the stage during a recent rehearsal for Chimera Theatre’s upcoming production of the play Mockus.

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Kamloops Burlesque femme fatale, Miss Coco Creme shares a laugh with Juli Harland after this season’s first beginner’s burlesque class.

Local author, Dennis Staginnus, reads from his latest Young Adult novel, The Emerald Dagger. The book is the second in his Raiders of Folklore series.

Morrigan watches closely during a recent Mockus rehearsal.

Juli tries to remember to breathe as personal trainer, James Krause, tries to kick her butt in short order.


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Where You’ve Been Jennilee Fraser and Taylia Martin getting ready to put on a show for the Latin Vegas New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Ramada in Kamloops.

“As the design guru of The Mix, I guess I should say something I can quote on page 3, because we don’t really have any other quotes coming in, because January is damn slow.” — Todd

Where we’re going Welcome to whole new year! We’re excited to see what 2017 has in store for Kamloops, the creative community, and the world around us. It’s bound to be memorable, if anything else. This issue our columnists are continuing to bring you their views. Our Dear EB has been getting good attention. And I thank you for your support while I continue plugging through the 12 issues of my journey towards becoming a fitness fiend. Or at least less of a couch potato.

There are a load of great things coming up, too. In the next issue we’ll be talking with the team from Vagina Monologues, looking into the coming KISS Film Festival, a brilliant new gallery event, and we’ll take a peek at a local author who just released their second YA novel. We’re always amazed at the sheer amount of talent in our small city. We are blessed beyond compare to be able to share, celebrate, and promote the

people and the work that make Kamloops’ creative bunch shine like the gems you all are! Keep it coming! 2017 is going to be the best year, yet. And we want to be here to champion it on! Let us know what you’ve got coming. Give us your thoughts, your events, your hopes, and plans. Let’s keep this conversation flowing. Thank you for being here with us. Here’s to continuing the journey!

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Breaking ouf of the box: Mockus takes the stage BY JULI HARLAND Chimera Theatre is gearing up for their February 9th through to the 11th production, Mockus, written by George M. Johnson and directed by Andrew G. Cooper. Mockus tells the story of an out of the box thinking Mayor, who, in the face of some of the hardest hitting violence and poverty, took on the challenges of the local troubles with mimes, balloons, and some grab-you-by-the-seatof-your-pants antics designed to find a better way of bringing peace to their city. The play itself is written by local playwright and TRU Professor and Chair of the English and Modern Languages Department at Thompson Rivers University, George M. Johnson. George has won, and been nominated for, numerous awards with his previous stage offerings: Still Life With Nudes; Look

Up, America; The Wonder; and Peace Pledge. Mockus is sure to be another solid hit for the local talent. Mockus is inspired by Mary-Wynne Ashford, and her speech about the antipolitician Mayors of Bogota, Columbia, particularly Antanas Mockus, and by the description in her book, Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror and War. In the spotlight is the Mayor of Gabota, Juan Antonio, played by actor Todd Sullivan, and his clown counterpart, Mockus Aurelius, played by Brittany McCarthy. “I think it’s a bit about thinking outside the box when it comes to facing issues and challenges and trying to face things in a more peaceful and creative, emphasis on creative, way,” says Todd. “Don’t get locked into old systems that don’t work. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

The cast of Chimera Theatre’s upcoming production of the play Mockus works a scene at a recent rehearsal. “It is, somewhat, based on a true story. There was a Mayor in Bogota named Antanas Mockus, who implemented a lot of the things that are shown in the

play. They were these sort of fun, clowny, thinking outside the box things. Many of them, actually, worked. Even though they were completely the opposite of what people traditionally thought would have worked.” The play, itself, thinks outside of the box. A feast for the eyes, the show features acrobatics, dance, clowning, and magic mixed in a choreographic symphony of the stage marked with a compelling story and solid performers. “It’s been really challenging in different ways, like I have to do magic, which I’ve never done before. So

learning a new skill, or clowning, which I’ve never done before. It’s been challenging in that way,” says Brittany. “But also the process has been really good. I’ve worked with half this cast, so it’s nice to see familiar faces. But I’ve also never worked with Todd before, and we’re in a lot of scenes together, we do a lot of silly stuff together, so I have to get all in his personal space. It’s been fun, he’s my pal. I yell at him all the time.” Mockus is the first Chimera production for long time thespian and playwright, Todd. “I’m getting a chance to meet a bunch of new people, and work


with a bunch of new people. Everyone’s been really warm and welcoming. Except for Brittany,” he laughs. The camaraderie is evident in the playful teasing that spills out to the performance, itself. Rounding out the cast is: Harmony Maher; Morgan Benedict; Taylor James McCallum; Josh Sunderman; Dela Coutts; Taryn Coleman; and Nathan Medos. Mockus will take the Pavilion stage on February 9th and run through to the 11th. Tickets can be found at, or at the Kamloops Box Office at the Pavilion Theatre at 1025 Lorne Street.

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Getting a jump start on fitness: The pain continues BY JULI HARLAND On December 6 I started a journey to wellness. A response to my own need for energy to play with my five year old. A need to care for my well being in the face of my mother’s battle for health. The medical reality that I need to get a handle on my blood sugar if I want to avoid insulin. And the desire to get my sexy back, I’m sure I left it somewhere, I just have to remember where…. So thank you for keeping up with me, checking in, and being my incredibly public accountability partner. Stats over the holidays? Well, I didn’t lose anything, but I didn’t gain anything, either, and, for me, that’s a bloody victory. It’s been a few weeks since the last check in, and there have been a few changes. The biggest change being that I’m working with a new trainer. James Krause, from Empowered Fitness. The next big change, or addition, really, is my ultimate goal. The piece de resistance. The light on the horizon ... or in my case, the thing that may very well have me dragged off in a stretcher yelling about the injustice of a broken ass. What is this palace of pain that I’m running (jogging … speed walking, really) towards? Tough Mudder 2017. Or, at least the Half Mudder, which has all the awesome with half the kilometers, and none of the pesky electricity or ice. Starting out with James has been a whole new ball of wax. Our first meeting started with a pile of paperwork that talked about my medical history, fitness levels, diet, reasons for getting fit, and my personal goals (note to self blurting out Tough Mudder can have long term effects). I was impressed with this young fella’s professionalism. And

he trains his mom, how sweet is that. We are working out three days a week. Now I am perpetually late for most everything, workouts included. Seriously, ask anyone who has ever planned anything with me, ever. It’s not for lack of trying. I simply have a broken fuse in my brain that tells me that I have way more time than I have. And I have the attention span of a gnat. James will have none of that. None. I’m late? Shitty deal. That comes out of our workout time. Let me tell you, that is motivating. Next time I was early. AND did my warm up. I might just be on time for a thing or two. I didn’t want to completely die after the first work out. But I did sleep like the dead. In fact sleep is one of those things I’m supposed to do more of. “Hahahaha .. sleep,” I guffawed. I’ve not been given ‘the mom’ look by someone other than my own mother or those I gave birth to in a very long time. Let me tell you, I was given that look. So, okay, I’m working on it. That one could take some time. The other thing I’m supposed to work on is my coffee intake. “But … but .. coffee!” I wail. “Ya, but you want to sleep,” says James. I’m thinking, do I really want to sleep? So we came to an agreement. No coffee after 2:00 pm. Which I wrangled from noon. A girl has to cheer the small victories. The next day I received a text, asking about my coffee. And my sleep. The coffee I’ve been good with. I’m overdosing on teas and flavoured water. Sleep is coming a little harder. I find my most creative time is at night, after the five year old is in bed and the tea is made. And that creative streak can take me through to the wee hours of the morning. Often. Sadly, the five year old also means that I have to get up early to get her to school,

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and then there’s whole ‘work’ thing. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for the sandman to visit. More he drops in for a quick coffee … er … tea, and then leaves. So if anyone has some tips on getting creative during the day, I’m all ears. All caffeinedeprived ears. I’ve also been trying to keep up on daily meditation, something I have been pretty hardcore about in the past, but have fallen out of habit. In the last few weeks I must have tried about a dozen websites and phone apps for guided meditation, breathing exercises, imagery, and so on. The one I found, that I like, is a simple phone app called Calm. It’s got a number of properties to it, and it notifies me every day to take time out to

meditate or breathe. I’ve been using it, sometimes with the little one, pretty much every day for a week. Between the texts from James, and the phone app asking me to breathe, I am having no choice but to focus on my health.

I did plan on a Zumba class, but ended up going to the wrong YMCA. Sigh. Ah well, I stuck around, anyhow, and did cardio for close to an hour, instead. Next Saturday, however, Zumba is on the list. I’ve also been

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hitting the swimming pool. I love being under the water, and it helps me to forget that it’s a million degrees below zero outside. Of course there are challenges. With The Mix being independent and brand new, it takes a whole lot of my time, energy, and resources to get it out to the public. The household has had to make some sacrifices to get the paper off the ground, my mom is battling cancer, the five year old is at that point where she needs to get involved in extracurricular activities, and I’m crawling out of the winter blues. Normal things. But there are days when I run out of spoons early in the day. I am thankful to my friends and family for all that they give in time, support, cheerleading, and late night mental health phone calls. Hell, I’ve even gone so far as to make a “goal board” to hang in the kitchen to keep the goals in sight. The little one is learning to read, so she likes to take it down and remind me about it. Every day. “You’re drinking water again because your sign says to drink lots of water. Water is good for you, right mom?” “Yes, it is, kiddo. It’s going to help me be healthy for a long time” And that, right there, is why I’m taking this journey in the first place.


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I’ll be honest with you -- I took a certain amount of joy in not having to care a whole lot about what was going on in the pop culture zeitgeist over the last few weeks. And as my deadline approached, I started to worry that I might not have much to write about for this issue. Then, in the last few days … well, let’s just say I haven’t been too worried about what I was going to write about. First, let’s talk about The Golden Globes. No, not the movies (I’d love to be able to discuss La La Land but apparently my screener got lost in the mail) but the speech given by the winner of the Cecil B. DeMille award, Meryl Streep. Who, but the way, if you’ll indulge me for just a moment, is a goddamn treasure. Love you, Meryl. Streep took the opportunity and the platform that



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it provided her to speak out against Donald Trump, and in particular to zero in on his apparent mocking of a disabled reporter, saying, “This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.”

Response to Streep’s comments have kind of been all over the map. For every note of support, there’s someone else citing her comments as being just the sort of elitist Hollywood prattle that pushed people to vote for Trump in the first place. And then there were those, including, apparently, Marky Mark Whalberg, arguing that Streep, and other stars like her, should just shut up about politics and stick to making entertainment. Which, I’m sorry, is just dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb. As dumb as many of the characters that Wahlberg has played in the past. Maybe even dumber. Here’s the thing about politics. It affects everyone. You, me, that guy over there, Meryl Streep. And as such, we all have a vested

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interest in it. We all have a reason to care about whether it’s working. And we all have a right to stand on our individual soap boxes and say what we think. So if Streep wants to take to the stage at the Golden Globes while receiving her lifetime achievement honour and talk about how Trump can apparently be a bit of a shitbag, that’s her right. Or, for example, I could use this column to talk about how weird and kind of fucked up it is that Donald Trump apparently hired a bunch of prostitutes to join him in the Presidential Suite of the Ritz Carlton in Moscow so they could pee all over the bed, and therefor defile the spot where President Obama and his wife had recently slept. Because, oh, by the way, that’s a story that came out the last few days too.

As much as I hate to admit it, Donald Trump appears to be the pop cultural inspiration gift that keeps on giving. Specifically, an unconfirmed intelligence report was published by Buzzfeed (it’s up at https://www. documents/3259984Trump-IntelligenceAllegations.html if anyone wants to peek at it themselves) alleging a great number of troubling things about the President Elect of the United States. The thing about the prostitutes peeing is probably the least concerning of it all, actually, but it’s the bit that seemed to get the most traction on Twitter. The Internet is nothing if not classy. More concerning were claims that the Russian government had been working with Trump for the last five years, along with

confirmation that they had in fact been behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee computers that were all over Wikileaks during the election. If all of this seems like a bit much to take in -- and believe me, I feel exactly the same way -- I understand that the film La La Land is pretty good, and might provide a good chance to distract yourself with some singing and dancing and some Ryan Gosling. I can’t vouch for it myself, though. At least not yet. I’m sure that screener will be here any day now. You can email me at guru@ themixkamloops. com or follow me on twitter at twitter. com/lewzr -- I’ve even been tweeting a bit in the new year! Tune in next issue for what might be my Academy Award predictions!

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Hunt me. I am prey

Hunt me. I am prey. Lurking in the brush, Offering snippets of juicy delights. Soft flesh primed and ripe. It will be a lengthy hunt. I will run. My meat is better when flushed from flight. Muscles become lean and the sinew softens, As does my resistance. The days will pass and I will tire, Surrendering all that I am to you. Alive in the grip of your teeth. Not to be hastily ravaged and devoured whole, But slowly savoured. Take tender nibbles and cradle me in your mouth. Allow my flavours to glide across your your tongue, A decadent dance with your taste buds. Freed as I am consumed and become a part of you. Taste my past present and our future simultaneously. As predator, you may fool yourself, Believing you hold the power. You have taken down your prey! But once the prey is absorbed, She can never be completely eliminated . She is with you forever. The microbes and proteins that define her now define you. Her dreams now mingle with yours and become new. Hunt me. I am prey. I will nourish you. My flesh and blood dissolve in your belly Fine particles swim through your body. Finding new shores in your organs. Seeds planted in a foreign land. Destined for growth. Paths entwined Until the Hunter becomes the Hunted born again as prey. — Susan Wolf

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Tone Soup’s top 10 albums of 2016 Before I get started, I’d just like to say that this is simply my favourite and most listened to of all the albums I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing for you in 2016. Even though I was fairly oblivious to much of what came out before we got started in August, I still had a ridiculously hard time narrowing about 35 albums down to ten. Without further ado, here are my favourite albums this year: 10. Tanya Tagaq, Retribution Most terrifying album. Best song: “Retribution” Runners up: “Rape Me” 9. Nine Inch Nails, Not the Actual Events Best album that I barely got to listen to. Best song: “The Idea of You” Runner Up: “She’s Gone Away” 8. Regina Spektor, Remember Us To Life Best Piano Rock album. Best Song: “Grand Hotel” Runner Up: “Sellers of Flowers” 7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree Best Gothic album. Best song: “Anthrocene” Runner up: “Distant Sky” 6. Every Time I Die, Lo w Teens Best album to vent along with. Best song: “Religion

of Speed” Runner up: “The Coin Has a Say”

5. Lady Gaga, Joanne Well 2016 was a truly bizarre year. I never, ever thought that a Lady Gaga album would be in my Top 10, let alone Top 5. Gaga is truly fed up with the industry that forces her to conform to their moulds. She’s done making money for other people. She’s now a mature pop star at the height of her career and she can do whatever the hell she wants. And she is. This album is far more mature and showcases a wide variety of oldschool inspiration. It’s leaps and bounds from the glam pop that she’s so well known for, and it’s magnificent. Best song: “Angel Down” Runners up: “John Wayne”, “Joanne”, “AYO”

4. Mr Oizo, All Wet OK, OK, I admit, this might not be



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“Les Claypool and Sean Lennon make the perfect psychedelic pair. Sean inherited his psych-pop sensibilities from his father, while Les was granted the power of space bass from the mushroom gods.

everyone’s cup of tea but I love this weird, chaotic, breaky shit. This is Mr. Oizo’s first album to feature other artists on a majority of the tracks. Long-time fans weren’t really impressed with the modern pop sounds that the other artist brought with them, arguing that the true Oizo was drowned out by it all. I think the step a little closer to the mainstream will open a broader audience to him. And really, there are enough of his own tracks and his influence does shine through the collaborations enough that this album could be one of his best, and most accessible albums to date. Best song: “Low Ink” Runners up: “Chairs” (feat. Mocky), “Freezing Out” (feat. Peaches), “Goulag Drums”

— on Monolith of Phobos Best song: “Lazarus” Runners up: “Blackstar”, “Dollar Days”, “Girl Loves Me”

3. David Bowie, Blackstar The album that foreshadowed the tragedy of 2016. Bowie infamously released this album and then, the next day, ascended back to the star he came from. (See what I did there?) His death hit so soon after the album that few reviewers were able to separate the album from the fact that this was “David Bowie’s last album”; his farewell. Yet we know now that more was planned. Death was on his mind while he penned these songs, that much is obvious, but this was not meant to be his final farewell. Nevertheless, it’s an instant classic, and will go down in history as his first #1 selling album.

2. Goat, Requiem Goat was a new discovery for me in 2016 with this (their fourth) album. I love everything about this band. I love the legend of the origin of the band (regardless of the amount of truth behind it — I love the legend of Gwar too, so there ya have it). I love the Eastern European folk flavour married with bits of American rock and countless other worldly influences. I love their jam-band style. It’s the most organic sounding music I’ve heard all year. Best song: “Goatfuzz” Runners up: “Trouble in the Streets”, “I Sing in Silence”, “Temple Rhythms”

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1. The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Monolith of Phobos Oh. My. God. I cannot gush enough about this album. Les Claypool and Sean Lennon make the perfect psychedelic pair. Sean inherited his psych-pop sensibilities from his father, while Les was granted the power of space bass from the mushroom gods. Together, these two glorious freaks of nature have spawned even more bizarre characters than themselves within the verses of this incredible album. Best song: “Monolith of Phobos” Runners up: “Mr. Wright”, “Bubbles Burst”, “Captain Lariat”


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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may find that you're being used. Short trips will prove to be more fruitful than you imagined. Do your own thing and everything will settle down. Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Talk to superiors about problems that you feel are getting out of hand. Partners may try to argue with you; however, you must stand your ground. You'll look guilty if you don't lay your cards on the table. Do a little investigating if there is someone at work you don't trust. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be careful not to push your luck or take too much for granted when dealing on either a personal or professional level. Limitation could set in if you've been spending too much. Friends may not be completely honest with you. Be very careful while in transit or while traveling in foreign countries. CANCER (June 22-July 22) It's time to reconnect with some of the people you used to know. Career changes may not be your choice right now, but in the long run they will be to your advantage. You may be sensitive to a point of absurdity. The locks, stove, gas, or electric wires may not be secure. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Get the red tape and the unwanted paperwork out of the way. You will earn recognition for the work you are doing. Try not to be too lavish with your lover. You may find yourself in a predicament with family members.

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Make sure that you have all the pertinent facts before taking action. You need a change of pace. You can have quite the romantic ad venture if you take time to get to know your mate all over again. Avoid any gossip and be careful that you aren't misinterpreted. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Sudden changes concerning coworkers may surprise you. Your positive attitude and intellectual outlook will draw others to you. Don't jump the gun; you may find yourself getting angry at the wrong person. Don't lend or borrow. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Controversial subjects should be avoided at all costs. Misunderstandings could cause confusion and upset. You will find your vitality is lowered. It might be best to work on your own; if possible, do your job out of your home this week. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You have made an accurate assessment of the situation and have come up with ideas that will save money. Your partner may be somewhat irritable this week. Use your quick wit to win points and friends. Children may pose a problem if they don't like suggestions. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You may be frazzled this week. You must be extremely careful not to let relatives or friends interfere in your personal life. You will easily capture the interest of those you talk to. Make plans to do the things you enjoy.

PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Try to keep an open mind. Listen to the advice given by others. You can make money if you get involved in real estate deals. When the work is done, they may serve you for a change.

Our very own Ethical Bastard takes your questions about love, sex, and relationships, and gives you the straight goods on what ails you. Not your typical ‘Dear Abby’, our fella is trained and practiced in disciplined analytics. He is committed to equality and fairness without being subject to either feminist or MRA dogma (although he understands it). He’s an anomaly. A renaissance man. The modern male. Kink and sex-positive, and open for discussion. And while we think he’s pretty kick-ass, his advice is meant as points to ponder, not as a means to live by. Accept it, or don’t, at your own risk. And please, if EB has answered your question, check in with us and let us know how things are going. Dear Ethical Bastard I’m what you might call “underemployed.” I’ve got enough money to pay the bills and keep myself alive, but not enough to do



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anything particularly exciting in the dating world. I’ve thought a bit about removing myself from the dating pool until I can get my finances in a better situation, but the fact is, I’d still really like to meet someone. Is there any way I can be a reasonably decent catch even if if my wallet is pretty much empty? Hows this? You have an opportunity. It’s easy to buy love, or something that looks like it. As things stand for you, if someone

choses you, you know it’s because you’re who they want to be with. If they choose not to be with you either because your finances don’t match or because you can’t offer the opportunities they might be looking for, so be it. You are more than your wallet. Your situation is what it is—but you are who you are. It might not feel like enough, and for some, and for a while, it might not be. Money definitely widens a person’s appeal. But there are more people interested than you think. You might have to change your demo a bit—if you’re looking for love among the moneyed, you will likely be disappointed. But there are people out there for whom money is down the list of priorities. Your situation will ebb and flow over your lifetime. There are people who would be thrilled to walk that journey with you. Be ready to find them-keep your eyes up and a smile ready. For the right person, who you are is plenty.


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January 12, 8:00 pm @ Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria Street: Kamloops Burlesque presents - Growing Up is Hard to Do. Kamloops Burlesque is welcoming 2017 with a bit of that nostalgic feeling on January 12th with “Growing Up is Hard to Do”. The KB crew will be sure to ruin a few childhood memories with their adult themed takes on your childhood favourites on stage. 19+, Door entry is $5; VIP tickets are $10. Buy in person at Instinct Adornment or purchase online at www.KamTix. ca. VIP Tickets give you exclusive floor seating and a chance to win more draw prizes! Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9:30pm. Dress up this January 12th in your favourite childhood nostalgic outfit for a chance at winning some delectably decadent Caduceus Chocolates in our Best Dressed contest! January 13, 9:00 - 11:00 pm @ Rockin Firkin, 726 Sydney: Daryl Makk ‘Comedy for Quality of Life’. Daryl has been performing standup since 1993 after winning a comedy contest in the city of Winnipeg where he got his comedy start. Daryl is also the host and creator of the web show The Planet Tour an actuality series of his life on the road as he spreads his message of safety and sharing the road as he lives on 2 wheels. His writing

has been published in several publications and he is currently working on a book of short stories based on his on road adventures. January 13, 9:00 pm @ CJ’s Nightclub 130 5th Ave: Back to School Friday the 13th Presented by the TRU Cheerleaders! CJs Nightclub & The TRU Cheerleaders present FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH, the official BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY!! Friday January 13th at CJ’s Nightclub with doors opening at 9:00 PM. Featuring the well known DJ FREDDY Z. Advance tickets are $5 Each and can be had by contacting any member of the TRU Cheerleaders or by texting 250 572 1372. January 14, 8:00 pm @ the Dirty Jersey, 1200 8th Street: 4th Annual Comedy Show. You are invited to a spectacular evening of fun with headliner Simon King, plus Sophie Buddle and more to be announced soon !! Tix for this spectacular are $15 at January 20, 7:00 pm and 9:45 @ Kamloops Convention Center, 1250 Rogers Way: Snowed In Comedy Tour. 7PM sold outé 9:45 Tickets $40. Four international comedians come together to create one amazing show with each bringing a unique and hilarious take providing something for everyone. Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn is back along with the wild man MC Craig Campbell. The $25,000 great Canadian laugh off winner, Paul

Myrehaug, returns this year as well as 5 time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee, Pete Zedlacher and special guest Arj Barker from Flight of the Conchords TV show. Don’t miss out on the comedy show called “Better than the Just for Laughs tour” and “Delivers a Flurry of Laughs”. January 20, 8:00 - 11:00 pm @ Pogue Mahone, 843 Desmond Street: Kamloops Ladies Night f/Playboyz - Magic Mike Style. You have seen the amazing Hollywood Blockbuster Movie “Magic Mike” now you have a chance to see some similar themed action, In your home town. Come and have fun for our version of the ultimate ladies night. Tickets at www. magicmikeplayboyz. VIP Online Advance - $33, Early Bird Online Tickets - $2, Regular Admission and Door Tickets - TBA


January 14, 7:00 pm @ The Art We Are, 246 Victoria Street: Ruby Bruce. Family friendly All Ages venue. $5 at the door January 20, 7:00 pm @ Padlock Studios 175 2nd Ave: ALL AGES Open Mic Night. Come ward off those mid winter blues with a warm and welcoming open mic night @ Padlock Studios! Checkout some talented local performers, enjoy a few drinks, and come out to support a space dedicated solely to the Kamloops Arts Scene! All ages event. Local Beers & Wine.All

performers welcome. Some instruments provided. Performers are organized upon arrival (first to arrive and sign up gets priority). There will be 3 song sets, and once everyone has had a chance to play, we can go back around and get others up again! January 21, 7:00 pm @ The Art We Are, 246 Victoria Street: Oren Barter. Come check out this Cariboo local indie fave. $10 at the door. $5 if you do a little dance for the door person. January 22, 8:00 - 11:00 pm @ the Bassment: Noah Derksen: A self-

described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah uses the acoustic guitar to convey his thoughts, experiences, and emotions in a mellifluous manner. New album ‘In Search of the Way’ is characterized by a longing for direction and purpose, the album portrays navigation through matters emotional, spiritual, and all things in between.


January 14, 8:00 pm @ Stagehouse Theatre, 422 Tranquille Road: Freudian Slips presents Marvel vs DC Improv Night! FEATURING: Brooke Ballam, Jessica Buchanan, Evie Byrne, Jeff Daniels, Allandra Gardner, Maddison Hartloff, Brittany McCarthy, Peter Navratil. Doors and Bar open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door or go to http:// www.chimeratheatre.

com/tickets to purchase tickets online! Bring your tickets to Red Beard Cafe before the show and get access to a special dinner menu. We are split into two teams of four; one team is Marvel the other is DC... WHICH SIDE WILL YOU BE ON?!?! Come dressed up as your favourite superhero or supervillain and let your nerd flags fly for an evening of super shenanigans!


January 12, 6:30 - 9:00 pm @ Kamloops North Shore Community Center Society, 730 Cottonwood: KickOff Dance and Samba Lesson. Welcome 2017 with our first dance of the year! We will start things off with our first of three Samba lessons at 6:30 pm, with dancing at 7:00-9:00 pm. January 13, 8:00 - 1:30 pm @ Akimbo Studio, 409 Seymour Street: Winter KickOff Dance, Free for Students! Learn to swing dance, hang out, enjoy the music & meet new friends! No partner required, no dance experience required! EVERYONE is welcome! 1-hour beginner swing dance lesson begins at 8pm. Open dance floor with big band jazz and swing music. Free food & drinks provided.This is a fun, inclusive, & familyfriendly environment, Alcohol will not be tolerated. Price at the door: Club Members: $5, Non-members: $10 for info Email: justin@


History is alive! Come and get medieval The Shire of Ramsgaard welcomes you to get involved in medieval study, craft, and full contact armored ghting. Weekly practices, seasonal tournaments, and fantastic friendships await you.

Bow Sinister Archery Specializing in hand-tooled leather goods for all occasions! Cases, games, wall art, and more! Plus, all your leather crafting supplies 250-571-8841

January 14, 6:30 pm @ Kamloops Art Gallery, 465 Victoria Street: Exhibition Opening - “Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape: From the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery”. Lex Plexus performs during the gallery show opening. January 21, 2:00 3:30 @ Kamloops Art Gallery, 465 Victoria Street: Adult Art Session - Coloured Pencils, Colour and Draw with Wendy. Come get creative! Each month the Kamloops Library will feature a new art session for

adults hosted by local artists. These programs are free and all supplies are provided. “Coloured Pencil” is a true Art medium. Draw with Wendy Patrick to explore mixing the pigments for creative effects, using images from Adult Colouring Books and still life objects.Registration Required! Register online at www.tnrdlib. ca, or contact us at 250372-5145 or questions@ January 27, 7:00 - 11:00 pm @ CJs Nightclub, 130 5th Ave: Art Battle! Please join us for the first Art Battle Kamloops of 2017! This is a wonderful evening of creativity and community, a live painting tournament showcasing local artists and connecting Kamloops through the arts to towns and cities across Canada. Come and be part of the fun as a spectator, or participate as one of the featured artists. Winners from this seasons events will advance to the BC Regional Finals with a chance to paint in the Canadian Championships this summer. Tickets $20 / Earlybird Online $15 / Students $10. http:// event/1408228


January 25, 6:00 pm @ TRU Sustainability Office, 900 McGill Road: Films for Change - Just Eat It. We are excited to sponsor, in partnership with the Kamloops Food Policy Council, “Just Eat It”, a documentary that follows food lovers Jen and Grant as they dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, and back to your fridge.In addition to the film screening, there will be a Food Waste in Kamloops information session that will showcase many of the local community groups that are working to divert food waste including Interior Community Services Community Kitchens, the Gleaning Abundance Project, the Kamloops Food Bank, Farm To School BC, and more! Each group will be preparing a snack made from food that may have otherwise been thrown away. The session is sponsored by Farm2Chefs.


January 12, 6:00 8:00 pm @ Kamloops Library, 465 Victoria Street: Introduction to ePublishing Learn the basics of publishing an eBook. This course will discuss writing software, epublishing platforms, and the eBook market. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Regster online at www.tnrdlib. ca or by contacting the library at 250-372-5145 or January 14, 2:00 - 3:30 @ Kamloops Library, 465 Victoria Street: Author Talk - Michael V. Smith. Writer and performer Michael V. Smith will read from his memoir and a forthcoming poetry collection, exploring masculinity and the decline of his blue collar father. This event is free, but registration is recommended. Register online at or by contacting the library at 250-372-5145 or


January 17, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, 615 Victoria Street: Afraid of the Mic - You Don’t Have to Be. Public Speaking Workshop. Do you want to be a better public speaker? It’s all about stage time, stage time stage time! During this workshop you will learn:how to stand and hold your hands like professional speakers; twenty things “never to do in a speech”; how to create a framework for memorizing any


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Director Andrew G. Cooper guides dancers Taryn Coleman and Nathan Medos through some choreography during a recent rehearsal for the play Mockus.

speech so you can speak without notes; strategies for writing a speech and how to story tell; how to improve your message delivery in one day. $79+tax for members, $90+tax for nonmembers | Spots are limited. Please note No food will be provided. January 17, 6:30 - 7:30 pm @ vanarts. com: FREE WEBINAR Broadcasting for Web, Radio, & TV at VanArts. From anywhere in the world, you are invited to join us for a FREE WEBINAR to learn about how VanArts’ program in BROADCASTING FOR WEB, RADIO & TV can launch you into a successful career. Join our special guest Martin Strong (Head of Broadcasting at VanArts), an industry professional with 20+ years experience at CBC, Roundhouse Radio and many other credits to his

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name. Register Now to confirm your attendance: https:// event/webinarbroadcasting-webradio-tv/ January 24, 5:30 - 8:30 @ #204 - 690 Lansdowne Street: You’ve Got the Talent - Now What? Whether you’re a musician, a thespian, a dancer, a writer, a filmmaker or a visual artist, you know you’ve got the talent. Make 2017 the year you share it with the world! Join Kamloops Arts Council staff and local artists for an evening of tips and tricks for writing your bio and artist statement, getting on social media, photographing and presenting your work, applying for festivals and

establishing a presence online. Plus, update your headshot on the spot with the services of a professional photographer! (fee applies) Our interactive night filled with marketing and presentation tips is free - with the headshots being taken by professional photographer Jacquie Shinkewski for just $5 for members/$10 for non members.We do require registration for the evening so our presenters have enough takeaway sheets at kamloopsarts. ca


January 18, 7:00 9:00 pm @ Nature’s Fare Market, 1350 Summit Drive: Health from Head to Toe. Free Wellness Talk

“Health From Head to Toe” - Raging hormones and lack of sleep affecting your quality of life? Join Dr. Jennifer Dyck as she shares her knowledge on everything from balancing hormones to boosting metabolism and taking the heat out of hot flashes. Sign up at the vitamin desk or at naturesfare. com. 15 % off for event attendees only (discount valid after speaker presentation, cannot be combined with other discounts, valid on regular priced items only).


January 27, 6:00 7:30 pm @ Lansdowne Village #360 - 690 Lansdowne: Free Drum Circle - Unplug and Play. Rhythm Fun With The

Drum - Kamloops Drum Connection is sponsoring a free community drum circle event to celebrate Unplug and Play week in Kamloops. We will drum, bop, shake, dance, hula hoop, sing, and play games. Please don’t wear any hand or wrist jewellery. Please register with Raven so we can have a chair ready for you. Instruments are provided. Please bring your own percussion if you have a drum etc. We are playing in the Lansdowne Village Kamloops Arts Council Room. #204 Lansdowne Village, behind the elevator by Booster Juice. Email djembedjango@ to reserve chairs.

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